Premier League: Sunderland AFC accept resignation of CEO, Margaret Byrne
Sunderland AFC have accepted the resignation of chief executive Margaret Byrne this afternoon with immediete effect.
Margaret, in her role as CEO, was responsible for the running of the club and was also accountable for the actions taken by Sunderland in relation to the Adam Johnson sexual activity with a child case, which is currently ongoing.
Adam Johnson is facing a jail sentenace after being found guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. The club have been criticised for allowing the player to continue playing after his arrest.
He was initally suspended for 16 days when first arrested but then played another 28 times for the club over the next 10 months. Johnson was sacked on the eve of his trial last month when he admitted to grooming the girl and one charge of sexual activity.
On a statement on the club's offical website, Sunderland have said that they acknowledge that Margaret's intentions have always been to act in the best interest of the club however through their own internal investigations, Margaret in this instance, made a error in her decision.
"In light of what has been acknowledged by Margaret as a serious error of judgment on her part, we have undertaken a full review of the club’s decision-making processes to ensure that there can be no such mistakes in the future."
The club later went on to say the following regarding the current situation involving Adam Johnson, "Throughout this deeply regretful situation, we recognise that one devoted young fan and her family have been very badly let down, first and foremost by Mr. Johnson and his despicable actions, but also by the club they support. We are so very sorry for this.
Mr. Johnson lied to the club; he also lied to our fans and they have every right to feel aggrieved by this. Lessons have been learned and we hope that the club and its fans can move forward from this together."